Santa Monica Fire Bug Strikes Near Third Street Promenade

For the second time since summer Santa Monica authorities say they have a fire bug on their hands, though it's not clear if the waves of trash and car arson fires are related. February's series of fires happened within a two-block radius near the 1000 block of Third Street near Third Street Promenade.

Fox 11 News reported Monday night that investigators believe the blazes, including those that began appearing in the city June 30, are in fact related, although a Santa Monica Police Department statement did not indicate a connection.

This year's blazes began Feb. 12 and continued through Monday morning, including the following:

-Feb. 12, 2010, 3:11 p.m: Vehicles burned at 222 Washington Ave.

-Feb. 13, 2010, 7 a.m: Trash burned at 1048 3rd St.

-Feb. 13, 2010, 10:24 p.m: Vehicle burned at 1032 3rd St.

-Feb. 14, 2010, 5:20 a.m: Vehicle burned at 1032 3rd St.

-Feb. 19, 2010, 12:45 p.m: Shrubbery burned at 1025 2nd St.

-Feb. 22, 2010, 11:52 a.m: Shrubbery burned at 1025 2nd St.

The previous series of trash and car fires lasted through Dec. 20 and were confined to a four block radius east of 26th street. Anyone with information about the fire starter or starters was asked to call the SMPD at 310-458-8495.

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